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Purwell Meadows

Purwell Meadows

A mixture of meadow land and wetlands, the River Purwell flows through Purwell Meadows and joins the River Hiz further downstream in Walsworth. If you are lucky, you may spot kingfishers which are native to the area. Nearby facilities for play and recreation, make this a place to visit for all the family.

Features and activities

  • Walks through wildlife rich areas
  • Basketball court
  • Play area for young children
  • Football pitch
  • Youth shelter
  • Good for dog walking – please keep dogs under control
  • All sports pitches need to be pre-booked through John O'Conner


  • On street parking
  • Disabled access
  • Bus stops on Purwell Lane


If you want to find out how you can get involved in keeping this natural habitat special visit the Countryside Rights of Way.

Greenspace Action Plan

Hertfordshire County Councils Countryside Management Service is developing a new Greenspace Action Plan (GAP) for Purwell Meadows, Hitchin, on behalf of North Herts Council. GAPs are map-based management plans that provide focus and direction for the running and improvement of open spaces. The completed document will inform the management actions to be undertaken over the next five years, commencing April 2022.

Attached is a draft of the GAP being sent to relevant local stakeholders in 2022 to give you an opportunity to be involved in the engagement process.

We would welcome any comments you may have, or your thoughts on the future management of Purwell Meadows, Hitchin.

Should you have any questions or comments then please contact Elgan Adlard using the email address



Purwell Lane, Hitchin
United Kingdom